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Posted in: Abe faces backlash after Tokyo residents excluded from Go To travel campaign See in context

Basically, the logic here is that residents of Tokyo are paying with their taxes for a program, they are excluded from, but non-residents will benefit from. If they don't want to cancel, maybe postpone the campaign or at least introduce it step-by-step. For example, start with the least affected prefectures and then have bigger prefectures gradually join throughout the year or next year. Why is it all or nothing?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record 293 new COVID-19 cases See in context

How could this be? I was under the impression that Japan had higher "cultural standards" than other countries, right Mr. Taro Aso?

If lives werent at stake here, I would laugh about this guys arrogance.

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Posted in: Abe faces backlash after Tokyo residents excluded from Go To travel campaign See in context

Before promoting tourism despite the sharp increase of infections within a few days, maybe they can make sure that residents get the promised 100.000Yen? I got the documents end of May, applied in the early beginning of June and still nothing. Neither my friends and collegues have received the funds. Is this government capable of doing at least one thing correctly?

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Posted in: 'Top Gun' helmet and 'Alien' spaceship in Hollywood props auction See in context

Aiens came out more than fourty years ago and it is still a masterpiece. Same can be said for Indiana Jones. Call me nostalgic, but they don't do movies like those anymore.

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Posted in: Competition between streaming services heats up in Japan See in context

My TV is basically just a monitor for games consoles. 

Same here.

You really can't go wrong with Netflix and Hulu.

I did the Disney Plus trial, but immediately unsubscribed. Unless you have children and are a Disney/Marvel/Star Wars Fan, I don't think it is an option for casual viewers. With more original content, I think I will give it another try.

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Posted in: Tokyo enlists nightclub workers for Q&A-style videos to fight coronavirus See in context

Oh, I would like the lady in the pic to teach me about some Nouko sesshoku indeed !

She will probably tell you afterwards how handsome and kind you are, ask you to visit her again or maybe do some dôhan. The bill might shock you, but at least your ego is flattered. Then, you can return to your wife and kids and apologize for the overtime work.

I mean that's how it works right?

Seriously, I don't get these clubs or the people going there.

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Posted in: Striking medical workers warn pay reduction jeopardizes patient care See in context

Abroad, medical workers are considered as heroes. In Japan, they are discriminated against their profession and on top of that they have their bonus cut. But at least the government has money to make some ugly ill-fitting masks, promise 10man Yen which never arrives and subsidize tourism despite growing infection numbers.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 206 new coronavirus cases See in context

Increase the testing, identify the clusters and go after them. It is no secret that kyabakura and host clubs in Shinjuku and Ikebukuro have largely contributed to the increase of infections. If they don't cooperate in setting up appropiate anti-virus measures, shut them down. It's not like they are essential to society.

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Posted in: Tokyo to pay nightclubs to close as virus cases surge See in context

Most high-end kyabakura in Shinjuku can make way more than 500.000 each night and sometimes their No. 1 girl can make that amount with just one wealthy client.

It is the cheaper, low-end bars that might benefit from it as competition is fierce in that industry.

Instead of burnIng money, let's make it easier: Oblige kyabakura and host bars to wearing masks, disposition of sanitizer, social distance etc. If the fail to comply, shut them down.

Give the money to people who have lost their jobs due to covid.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics seek COVID-19 defenses, but what exactly? See in context

Spoiler Alert!!!

There won't be Olympic Games next year.

Call me pessimistic, but It's unrealistic to expect that the infection risk significantly decreases within the next 12 months in all participating nations.

Send the invoices to China.

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Posted in: Japan's household spending drops at record pace as virus hits economy See in context

Didn't the goverment promise 100.000 Yen to every citizen to tackle the economic repercussions? None of my co-workers have received that money, yet. I got the papers in the beginning of June, applied a couple of days later and still no transaction. Thank god, I am doing fine, but for people in financial need, that is unacceptable.

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Posted in: Letters from Japan: 'Can I sue my husband's mistress for psychological stress?' See in context

Cheating seems to be more common and accepted Japanese society more than in Europe or the US. As a student I used to work at a luxury hotel and everyday we had multiple couples checking in for day use. After a while you could pretty much tell who is married or not.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 124 COVID-19 cases Friday; 70% in their 20s and 30s See in context

Who falls in the category of"nightlife workers"? It is such a broad term. Why not say kyabakura and host clubs, where lots of infections were traced back? Maybe it is time to put some restrictions on these establishments or at least enforce a stricter virus prevention policy for them.

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Posted in: F1 star Hamilton to set up commission to increase diversity See in context

Many more than Black F1 drivers, thats for sure!

I see your point, but what I am trying to say is that you could accuse any sport of lack of diversity provided a certain race is underrepresented in it. For example, I have never heard of a black ski jumper, but that does not mean that winter sports is discriminating against race. It's not like there are racial criteria that banishes people of colour to pursue a career in motorsport or winter sports for example.

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Posted in: F1 star Hamilton to set up commission to increase diversity See in context

Hamilton is the only non-White driver to have ever won, in the 1018 F1 races in history. It has been a 99.9% White dominated sport.

How many white or asian athletes are in the finales of 100m at the Olympics or any other track and field event?

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Posted in: F1 star Hamilton to set up commission to increase diversity See in context

Formula One drivers and team members come from all over the world. It features competitive drivers and talented engineers with different backgrounds. I don't really think this sport has a problem with race, but rather with social-economic disparities, as pretty much only children from economically strong households can pursue a career in motor racIng.

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Posted in: Bento shop staff punished part-timer by piercing her nose, cutting all hair off, and more See in context

Power harassment and humiliation at the workplace are still very common in Japan and unfortunately often accepted. Very often the senpai abuses the kôhai, who then proceeds to mistreat his future subordinates after career promotion. That's the reason why I am glad that I work with both Japanese and foreigners. Work climate in a company with mainly Japanese workers is probably going to be different.

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Posted in: Kyoto woman arrested for stealing cat from pet shop; offers strange justification to police See in context

I have been very critical of these shops and how Japanese view animals. Japanese society is extremely materialistic, so it is no surprise that they often treat their animals like a piece of jewellry from Cartier. Instead of giving a stray cat, which will be killed after being captures, a new home, they prefer to pay high end prices for a young, cute kitten.

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 48 new coronavirus infections See in context

I read on NHK that almost half of the confirmed new infections from Sunday and Monday were traced back to hostess and host clubs in Shinjuku. I have never had a good opinion on people working or going there and with the recent news, my opinion will not change.

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Posted in: Atlanta shooting, statues new focal points for protests See in context

I am starting to have a problem with calling these rallies a "protest" when they involve arson, property damage and violence against police and innocent bystanders. BLM is turning from a call to equal civil rights and anti-racism to an excuse for violence and ridiculous phantasies such as "defund the police".

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Posted in: Protests show 'progress' on diversity, says 'Star Trek' icon Takei See in context

My I ask for a definition and context of the word "concentration camp"? I am certainly not a Trump supporter, but as a German and historian, I am offended and shocked when someone uses a term that is associated with the worst genocide in human history in an ahistorical context. Concentration camps had existed before the Nazis rose to power, but they gave it a new and more terrible meaning due to their industrialized mass murder. Historian Roger Daniels once used the word concentration camps when discussing the internment camps for Japanese-Americans decades ago, but nobody would consider that term appropiate when actually researching about the Nazi crimes. What happened to the Nikkei during WWII was a crime and I cannot imagine the hardship that people in the camps at the border region are facing, but please stop using the term "concentration camp" without knowing its historical context. You make a fool out of yourself.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 47 new daily coronavirus infections on Sunday See in context

It is not over yet. Stay safe and don't let your guard down.

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Posted in: Australian police arrest 2 after Captain Cook statue defaced; thousands protest in NZ See in context


Very good comment

I am glad you mentioned Churchill. He is a good example for a historical figure to be considered in a more reflective way. Yes, he was powerful and strong leader, but he also held views that are not comprehensible nowadays. Instead of defacing his monuments and throw out ahistorical claims, we should analyse his character, political views and actions in a critical and objective manner to gain historical and social understanding and perspective.

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Posted in: Australian police arrest 2 after Captain Cook statue defaced; thousands protest in NZ See in context

@Alfie Noakes

I agree with you, but please do not try to claim that violence, property damage, uncivilized behaviour, etc is only instigated by some right-wing idiots.

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Posted in: Australian police arrest 2 after Captain Cook statue defaced; thousands protest in NZ See in context

I am worried that a just and appropiate protest for equal civil rights is turning into an excuse for riots and violence. Your level of outrage and emotion do not justify property damage or any other actions against the law.

It is important to review our history in a critical way, especially in regard to prominent historical figures, whose contributions and/or crimes are often unknown to the large public. However, I would choose education in e.g. explanations right next to such statues, over mob violence.

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Posted in: 'Spider-Man,' 'Gran Turismo' among games for new PS5, Sony says See in context

Spider Man sequel? Shut up and take my money.

Yes, the PS5 will be downwards compatible, but only for a few selected PS4 games.

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Posted in: JK Rowling responds to critics over her transgender comments See in context

I wish this issue could be solved in a way of "If you identify as xyz, then so will I identify you as xyz, as long as it makes you happy and does not offend you", but it can't.

Lets say I as a male show up in the gym tomorrow and go to the womens lockerroom because I want to be identified as a woman. Are the girls intolerant and unkind when they call the police?

Or what if a male NBA player decides to change to the womens division due to gender identity? Is asking whether he has an unfair biological advantage discrimination?

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Posted in: JK Rowling responds to critics over her transgender comments See in context

I read some of the comments and I realized that some people are using words such as "hateful", "bigoted", "cruel", "not kind" etc in reference to JKR and anyone else who has an opposing opinion. Again, please elaborate which parts of her comments are "hateful". If you can't, I assume you aren't interested in an exchange of opinions, but simply try to to disqualify anyone with a different point of view.

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Posted in: JK Rowling responds to critics over her transgender comments See in context

I am sorry, but I don't see any transphobic or hateful elements in her comments. She merely voiced her opinion and that's it.

I miss those days where people could exchange opinions without being accused of being a nazi or chauvinist.

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Posted in: Workers, parents feel strain as state of emergency extended See in context


Yet, you have well over 99% chance if surviving this virus anyway. You may have even had it already and not even known.

I am not sure if your numbers are accurate, but it is the last sentence that troubles me. That is exactly the problem with Covid 19. In many cases symptoms of an infection do not show, making it impossible for you to realize your infection. As a result, you are infecting others whose immune system might not be capable of dealing with the virus. This is what distinguishes Covid from e.g. the flu, where symptoma usually appear after a few days, allowing you to get proper medical treatement or self-isolate immediately.

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